Lagos CP Manko Cautions Media On Reporting National IssuesLatest News, News Saturday, June 7th, 2014
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Manko, has urged the media to be cautious in its reportage of national security issues to avoid more crises in the country.
African Examiner source indicated Manko gave the advice at his investiture as Chief Patron of Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria in Lagos. He said the media had the capacity and responsibility to make the country peaceful.
Represented by Mr Damilola Adegbuyi, Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Manko said the media should always portray the nation in good light.
Manko, however, commended the association for its support to the police, and called for more support to security agencies, particularly the police to fight crime and criminality, especially, terrorism.
He added without the media, criminal justice would not be complete, adding that the police and the press always face similar risk in the course of their duties. “The role play by the media in national development cannot be over emphasized. Let us maintain synergy in fighting crime and criminality. “Where there is area of conflict, let us talk it over. Manko advised.
He stated further, “When it is of national security, let us be conscious of our responsibilities to the nation. The press should write for the peace of the nation,’’
The Chairman of the association, Mr Christopher Oji, said the investiture was an evidence of good working relationship between the police and the press.
The Chairman of the occasion, who is also a security expert, Mr Patrick Agbambu, commended the association for exposing criminals in the society. Agbambu said the membership of the association should spread across all states.
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